The Begginings of English Literature

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Old english period
Beowulf
The only full-length epic from the old english period that has survived in English literature.
Engliac lyrics of the pagan age
It is also known as the “old english literature”.
Elegy
Aoem or serious reflection typically a lament for the dead.
The ruined city
An elegy in old english that consists 49 lines describing decayed, broken buildings.
Ballads
A poem that tells a story and can be dramatic, funny or romantic and it is a form of verse, often a narrative set of music.
Traditional ballads
Developed by anonymous writers.
Literary ballads
Authors are known personally.
Lord Randal
an english ballad with the central theme is a variation of “poison-maid” motif.
Bonny Barbara Allan
An english ballad with a story of an unhappy love affair.
Get up and bar the door
An english ballad with a battle of wills between a husband and wife.
Geoffrey Chaucer
Greatest writer of the middle ages who created the canterbury tales.
William Shakespeare
A famous poet and playwright who wrote narrative poems, sonnets, and plays.
Sonnet
A 14-lined poem with 2 stanzas and can be an octave or sextet.
Shakespearean sonnet
Has a rhyme scheme written in pentameter (ABAB CDCD EFEF GG).
Categories: English Literature